Advancing army kills jihadist emir in Syria's Latakia: NGO
BEIRUT (AFP) - Fierce fighting raged in Latakia province on Syria's coastline on Sunday, as the army pushed an advance and killed a jihadist leader, a monitoring group said.
The regime deployed massive reinforcements to fight rebels in Latakia, which has strategic and symbolic significance because it is the ancestral home of President Bashar al-Assad's clan.
Rebels positioned in remote enclaves of Latakia's mountains launched the "battle for the liberation of the Syrian coast" about two weeks ago.
Poorly equipped local fighters allied themselves with the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis), despite a history of poor relations.